Delores Buford

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Title: Education Educator, Researcher
Company: Furman University
Location: Greenville, South Carolina, United States

Delores Buford, Education Educator and Researcher at Furman University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in educational research.

Dr. Buford was curious, she enjoyed detail work and wanted to be helpful. Her leadership began in high school when she was a debater. Dr. Buford won all but one tournament of debate. In college, she was on the debate team and won many tournaments which began her journey of excelling and wanting to be of help. It was always a part of her. In 1954, Dr. Buford earned her BA from North Texas State University. She decided to continue her higher education and took postgraduate course work at Boston University from 1958 to 1960. From there, she went to Furman University and earned her MA in 1974 and in 1982, Dr. Burford earned her EdD from Nova University.

Dr. Buford began her professional career in 1954 as a teacher for the Dallas Public School District. A year later, she moved on to become a teacher for the Fort Worth Public School District until 1958. Dr. Buford took a break from teaching to become a member of the steering committee for the Junior Great Books Program at Greenville County Public Schools from 1968 to 1972.  In 1974, she became a research associate for the Office of Installation Planning and Research at Furman University. From there, she moved up to the position of instructor of educational research for the Office of Installation Planning and Research at Furman University. During her in-between time, Dr. Burford was also a member, on the board of directors and a secretary for Education Communications from 1986 to 1994.

As a testament to her success, Dr. Buford received a service award from MHA in 1977 and 1993. She has also been inducted as a member of various esteemed organizations including, the American Association of University Women, where she held positions of president, board of directors, executive board of directors and state secretary, the North Carolina Association of Installation Research, the Philanthropic Educational Organization, where she held numerous positions including president and member of the state executive board and the Southern Association of Institutional Research, to name a few. She has also had a scholarship for the Education Foundation named in her honor. Dr. Buford spends her spare time being active in her local church. She has been a chairman for numerous committees, a deacon and the president of the deacons.

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